Elmo Israel Ellis papers, 1947-1981

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z898

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Ellis, Elmo Israel.
Title: Elmo Israel Ellis papers, 1947-1981
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 616
Extent:26 linear ft. (26 boxes) and 1 oversized paper (OP)
Abstract:Collection of the papers of Elmo Israel Ellis, a WSB radio broadcaster in Atlanta, including photographs, writings, and audiotapes.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Researchers must contact MARBL in advance to access audiovisual materials in this collection.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact MARBL in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift, 1981, with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Elmo Israel Ellis papers, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Elmo Israel Ellis (1918-2005), author, retired executive and broadcast journalist, was born on November 11, 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama to Samuel B. and Bertha F. Seletz Israel. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in journalism and then obtained his master degree in journalism from Emory University. He began his career in radio as director of public relations at WSB in Atlanta in 1940. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Force where he worked as a writer and producer for radio programs. After the war, he worked as a writer and producer of various radio shows in New York. In 1948, he returned to Atlanta and became production manager for the fledgling WSB-TV. But in 1952, he returned to radio to help revive WSB. By 1964, he was promoted to General Manager of WSB-AM and WSB-FM, a position he held until his retirement in 1982. During retirement, he wrote books and a newspaper column. He died on June 24, 2005 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Elmo Israel Ellis from 1947-1981. The papers include correspondence (1947-1981) related to Ellis' career as broadcast executive and journalist, his writings including editorials, book manuscripts, radio scripts, and speeches; and audiotapes of his personal commentary broadcast, Viewpoint (ca. 1965-1975) and Pro and Con (1967-1981), made over WSB Radio in Atlanta. The collection also includes photographs, clippings, memorabilia, news releases, and awards.

Arrangement Note

Unprocessed collection.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 Correspondence, 1947-April 1975
2 Correspondence, May 1975-1981 and not dated
3 Personal files; Writings: Editorials, Viewpoint, 1964-1970
4 Writings: Editorials, Viewpoint 1971-1981; Pro and Con, 1966-May 24, 1975
5 Writings: Editorials, Pro and Con, June 2, 1975-December 1981; rough drafts
6 Writings: Radio scripts, book manuscript
7 Writings: Speeches
8 Audiotapes: Viewpoint, c. 1965-1975
9 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1967-1968
10 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1968-1969
11 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1969-1970
12 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1970-1971
13 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1971-1973
14 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1973-1974
15 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1974-1977
16 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1977-1979
17 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1979-1981
18 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, n.d.
19 Audiotapes: Dateline America
20 Audiotapes: Dateline America; Shining Light Award; miscellaneous speeches
21 Miscellaneous: audiotapes, memorabilia, awards
22 Personal commentary broadcasts, tapes 1-12 [inventory available in casefile]
23 Personal commentary broadcasts, tapes 13-24
24 Personal commentary broadcasts, tapes 25-36
25 Personal commentary broadcasts, tapes 37-39 and, videotape, memorabilia, certificate, and Nazi war criminals evidence [photocopy] (1942)
26 Audiotapes: Pro and Con, 1981-1982; clippings; Report: "Attitudes and Opinons toward Radio in the Atlanta Area"
OP1 Radio Code Board citation